BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning
Do not use “R” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section R below
RB Earth sciences
See also: RGB “Physical geography and topography”
RBC Volcanology and seismology
RBG Geology and the lithosphere
See also: PHVG “Geophysics”
RBK Hydrology and the hydrosphere
RBP Meteorology and climatology
RBX Palaeontology


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